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Being an artist is not really that easy!

Being an artist is tough especially if people don’t appreciate your work. However, the same art from two different artists can have different responses and feedback. A possible explanation is that people tend to perceive and judge the artist more than their art. Gender, race, class and sexuality all have a part to play when it comes down to who gets to be an artist.

Sometimes being in a male-dominated society has disabled many female artists from being established and recognized. This was the case for women living in the past when they had little rights and were not equal to men in society. This would explain why there was little known works/books/poem by women during the earlier centuries. Aside from gender, class has also been a factor in who is called an artist. During the early 18th century, social status and class hierarchies were very important to society and therefore many people, women more than men found it hard to sell their work and sometimes were not given the opportunity to express their talent. Race has always been a factor in determining who gets to be an artist or who is more likely to succeed in their career. Across the ages and even in modern day society, race is a problem for people who want to be an artist. The reason for all of this is due to the stereotypes associated with a particular race, class or gender.

When it comes to gender, the stereotypes associated with it are femininity or discrimination against men. For example, if a woman decided to draw a naked man (in the past the opposite was true) then people would question her work and judge her for being inappropriate and indecent. As it is well know, the opposite was true in the past when men have drawn naked women and society did not find it indecent but rather considered it a type of art form. Similarly when it comes to class, society would view the works of a so called “lower classed″ person as a bad/unpleasant/ugly form of art when in real fact it is not so. These stereotypes cloud judgment thus taking away from the natural beauty of art. In addition to that, if someone from a minority race had done an art piece or work, their art is less likely to be recognized or liked. This can only be attributed to racism and lack of education within a hegemonic society.

Therefore it can be said that due to all this obstacles put forth by a hegemonic society, those who were being targeted and oppressed have gained motivation to further strengthen and express themselves in their art, thus making some of them popular and recognized. It is evident that there are cultural differences in art such as language, portrayal and expression, but these differences should not be judged. Instead they should be appreciated in their cultural purity and studied for further understanding of the culture.